Top 16 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend

Santa has started making his rounds throughout town, and Atlanta is definitely in the holiday spirit! Whether you’re looking to jump into the festivities of the season or experience the winter wonderlands around the city, we have you covered with our Top 16 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Thursday – Sunday, December 13th – 15, 2018.

Don’t miss the incredible lineup of Santa spottings, cocktail parties, family outings, and more – complete with two of Atlanta’s favorite special holiday events!

Get the most out of your weekend ahead with our unique lineup of 16 happenings all around the city!

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Top 7 New Years Eve Events in Atlanta

With so many parties and events, it can be tricky narrowing down your New Year’s Eve plans around Atlanta! We have you covered with the Top 7 New Years Eve Events in Atlanta to shake up the holiday as you ring in 2019.

While the Peach Drop is a beloved Atlanta classic, some party-goers may want a little something different. After you’ve made your dinner reservations, enjoy unique twists on beloved events, wear your best cocktail attire, or even find some fun for the kids!

And we don’t just stop at New Year’s Eve – We have plans from the weekend well into New Years Day.  From breaking old resolutions to making some new ones, Atlanta has plenty to celebrate as we enter the new year!

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Noon Year’s Eve at Fernbank

Atlanta’s biggest party animals are ringing in the new year at Noon Year’s Eve! Join the city’s dinosaurs at a special family celebration, complete with a ball drop at Noon.

Event Details
Monday | December 31st, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30307

Highlights include a kid’s DJ, a visit from the Georgia Bubbleman, party hats for the first 500 guests, and a countdown to the balloon drop! 

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Ugly Holiday Sweater Party | Fernbank Museum

Grab your tackiest, gaudiest holiday sweater and jump into the holiday spirit at the Fernbank Museum Ugly Holiday Sweater Party! Guests will enjoy an array of festive activities with access to the museum’s indoor exhibits.

Event Details
Sunday | December 16th, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes

Join Avondale Estates in the holiday spirit at the 26th annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Marketplace! Trolleys will transport visitors between homes that have been beautifully adorned with holiday decor and thoughtfully restored with historic preservation in mind. 

Event Details
Sunday | December 9th, 2018

Tour of Homes
3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tour Trolleys: Avondale First Baptist Church

Holiday Market & Cafe
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Avondale Community Club

Tickets
$15 Advance | $20 Door

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Decatur Holiday Marketplace and Cafe

Get ready to shop as the 27th Annual Decatur Holiday Marketplace and Cafe returns this holiday season!

Event Details
December 7th – 8th, 2018
Friday · 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday · 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location
Clairemont Elementary School
155 Erie Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

The Decatur Holiday Marketplace is the perfect opportunity to kick off the season and check items off your holiday shopping list!

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Christmas at Callanwolde

The joy of the holiday season begins at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center with Christmas at Callanwolde: Designer Showhouse & Christmas Village!

Event Details
November 23rd – December 9th, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Every Day of the Week!

Location
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
980 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30306

Celebrating 40+ years, the spectacular Atlanta Christmas destination will feature premier events throughout the holiday season:

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Winter Wonderland | Fernbank Museum

Showcasing celebrations from around the globe, Winter Wonderland fills Fernbank Museum with over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees throughout the holiday season!

Event Details
November 16th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019

Location
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Admission to Winter Wonderland is included with Museum admission and free for members.

The variety of trees will be adorned with twinkling with lights, glimmer with color, and shine with a variety of cultural objects.  The displays throughout the museum recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions, and events from around the world.

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Terrific Thursdays & Holidays in Decatur

Shop and celebrate locally in November and December at Terrific Thursdays in Decatur!

2018  DATES
November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
December 6th, 13th, 20th

For the holidays, you can’t beat hometown. Knock out your holiday shopping with special in-store events, discounts, and treats at over 20 shops, restaurants, and services. Participating shops will stay open late, offering a variety of festive fun!

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